NFL playoffs matchups
Saints at Seahawks, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Tough to fathom how it came to be that the defending Super Bowl champion, with an 11-5 record, opens the playoff on the road against a 7-9 team, but that's what will happen here. The Saints earned a wild-card berth, while the Seahawks won the weak NFC West. Because division winners are seeded higher than wild cards, Drew Brees and the Saints must travel. The Seahawks will have to decide on a quarterback -- Charlie Whitehurst (left) led a victory over the Rams, but Matt Hasselbeck is ready to return from an injury.